A person trained to look after people who are ill, not able to care themselves and who may help doctors in treating people is called Nurse and a profession of health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, etc, so they may recover their health and quality of life is known as Nursing which is said to be one of the oldest professions of health care sector.
If you are interested and have given a thought to pursue your career in Nursing then Germany is the country, known for its well known educational courses including Nursing. In most of the cases, students study nursing as a Vocational Training Programme, the total duration of three years, where theoretical part of the course takes place in the nursing school or institution and practical part takes place at the workplace. To enroll for the training, students must have a School Leaving Certificate, given after completing 10 years of school. All undergraduate courses are laid out as per the European Union (EU) Regulations. Once students meet all requirements of EU Regulations, they are eligible to appear for National Nursing Exam, grading score of which makes them earn their Nursing Certificates. Further nurses can study to enhance their knowledge and earn specialty certificate called as Fachweiterbildung in German. It is a two year or 800 hours programme through which nurses can earn masters certificate in areas like ICU, Psychiatry, Home Care, Hygiene, Anesthesia, Management, etc.
In order to work as a Nursing Professional in Germany, one must need to fulfill some requirements as follows:
Qualification Recognition in Germany: If you are a foreigner and willing to work in Germany, your qualifications need to be verified from the competent authority of German Land you likely to work on. If your qualification does not match their requirement, you can register for an adaptation course. For Example PAP, one-year recognition programme designed for international healthcare professionals. After completing this course professional receive license to work throughout in Germany.
Knowledge of German Language: In order to work in the Nursing Profession, you need to have a good language (German) proficiency of B1 or B2 level under the reference of the European Framework.
Healthy and Trustworthy: You need to provide a Medical Fitness Certificate issued by a German Doctor saying that you are mentally and physically fit and can work in nursing care. Additionally, you also need to have a police-clearance certificate to prove that you are trustworthy enough to work for health care.
Future Of Nurses in Germany
In July 2017, the government of Germany reformed the nursing training system to update the curricula which are going to be implemented by 2020. The new German Nursing Professions Act will come into force saying that all nursing applicants will undergo two years of General Nursing Training and one year of Specialised Training where they will be trained to become a geriatric/ pediatric nurse or General training to become general nurses. The basic requirement to start training will be the same. A new University course for nursing will be introduced in addition to the vocational training programme. The main focus will be on General Nursing Training where every trainee will acquire the basic nursing skills required to look after people in their needs by taking in account of new developments in nursing science. Nursing professionals will be going to have more job opportunities and training options as per their flexibility and needs. Another advantage of this general nursing training that it will be recognized across the European Union, will be free of charge and all nursing professionals will be receiving adequate remuneration.